1. Matt Bullard is an NBA champion
It’s one thing to have a mind that knows basketball and its business side. It’s another thing to have someone in the group who has already achieved what you are trying to achieve.
Make no mistake, the likes of Rafael Stone or Daryl Morey know what they’re doing in the field of an NBA front office. But being part of a team that actually won a championship and witnessing first-hand what it took to get there is an angle of thought that they simply don’t have access to.
Not only was Matt Bullard part of a team that secured a title, but he also played with and against some of the greatest players to ever obtain that prize. Hakeem Olajuwon is amongst the best examples of the level of talent and skill you want to build a team around.
What’s more is that the team Bullard won with was not some stacked super-team that stood no chance of losing. That team had one lone All-Star in Hakeem Olajuwon, but made up for such with a supporting cast composed of guys with grit, chemistry, and the “heart of a champion.”
Even aside from his own team, Bull was on the court amongst other great championship teams like Jordan’s Bulls or the 1999 Spurs. A good deal can be gathered by watching the sport from the bleachers and being present for workouts/practices.
But being in the locker room with and playing against guys that actually got the job done is a unique and irreplaceable experience.
Houston Rockets fans, especially those who were around in the mid-90’s, will miss Matt Bullard on the broadcasting team but will celebrate his new role as a front office member. Sure it feels good to know a former player is still involved with the team in some capacity, but he brings considerably more to the table than nostalgia.
His experience winning a championship during a tough era of NBA basketball paired with his knowledge and embrace of the modern style of play will prove a valuable asset to the Rockets front office going into this new age of Houston Rockets basketball.
The move makes sense well beyond the purview of “fan-pleaser.”